In reality, solar eclipses are not all that rare – for a particular area they are. The next one for North America will be in 2024, but they happen around the world frequently. If you want to know, here ya go!
I had made plans to take pictures of the eclipse using the time lapse feature of my camera, but lo and behold, I had to revert to old school. You see, even the little bit of light getting around the sun was a bit too much for the sensor. My camera could have used a pair of those eclipse glasses!
That said, I had already made the pinhole camera and had it standing by. Well, let’s just say it was a piece of cardboard with a square cut out, a piece of foil taped over it, and a hole poked through it. It worked quite well! I was able to watch the eclipse all the way and “photograph” it. Mind you, not the sharpest images, but good enough for me.
I was talking to my neighbor, who as outside as well. He had a pair of the eclipse glasses and let me borrow them to have a look. Very nice, but he didn’t want to let me have them! Not very neighborly, if you ask me! LOL
So, I just set up my PPU, Pinhole Projection Unit, sat in a chair, sweated, swatted, took pictures, and enjoyed the eclipse that way! So, there! 😀
It was really cool because the cicadas started making lots of noise, like they do at sunset, and the birds became quiet. All is back to normal, now and the cicadas are once again quiet. 🙂